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'Cantinflas' is the role of a lifetime for Óscar Jaenada

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Spanish actor Óscar Jaenada has taken on the role of 'Cantinflas' in a movie of the same name, about the late comedic Mexican actor.

Mario Moreno, was at one time, one of the most popular movie stars in the world. He made over four dozen films, won a Golden Globe for his role in "Around the World in 80 days," and he was considered the Charlie Chaplin of the Latin world. But Moreno is better known professionally as Cantinflas - a Mexican comic who portrayed a wisecracking, socially and politically sharp peasant with improvisational language skills that became a symbol of the country's national identity. 

'Cantinflas' trailer

The man playing Cantinflas is Spanish actor 

, who's had roles opposite Johnny Depp in 'Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides' and with Chris Evans in 'The Losers' but in Cantinflas he's the leading man. 

Jaenada joins A Martinez in the studio to talk about how he immersed himself in the role by moving to Mexico, and what it was like as a Spanish actor taking on one of Latin America's most famous celebrities, ever.

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